>> reporter: by sunday night, breezy point was under a mandatory evacuation order. but many, like tom and patricia rahm, whose family lived here for generations, refused to leave. >> we were here for irene. we evacuated. it wasn't that bad. said, all right, we can stick it out. it is only water. >> reporter: with all four of their kids, aged 9 to 19, the rahms holed up in their living room, hoping to brave the fierce winds. by 8:00 p.m., tom realized he was wrong. >> i was sitting on the couch, a river running down my, you know, front of the house, right around the back, slowly starts rising. so i got the kids out, filled up in the basement and probably in about five minutes. >> reporter: you thought your biggest worry of the night was going to be water. >> just water. you can deal with water. all of us can swim. >> reporter: nearby, jack was trying to ride out the storm with his wife, their two kids, and his 96-year-old mother-in-law. >> we can't move.